Dear Parishioners,

As we enter into March, we begin our yearly Catholic Appeal. This is the offertory collection for the programs and offices of the Archdiocese. Every parish is assessed a certain amount. Our assessment is $65,202. I thank you for your generosity as we have reached our goal year after year. I ask those who have not participated in the past to consider making a contribution to the appeal. Envelopes are available in the rectory or in the church foyer.

This is a good Lenten reflection from St. Teresa of Avila.

It’s true that we cannot live without faults, but at least there should be some change so that they don’t take root. If they take root, they will be harder to eradicate and even many others could arise from them. If we plant an herb or small tree and water it each day, it grows so strong that afterward you need a shovel and a pickax to get it out by the roots. Committing the same fault each day, however small, if we do not make amends for it, is like watering a plant each day. And if one day it is planted and ten more pass by, it can still be easily rooted out. In prayer you must ask help from the Lord, for we of ourselves can do little; rather, we add faults instead of taking them away. Reflect that in that frightful judgement at the hour of death we shall see that this was no small matter especially for those the Judge took for His brides in this life.

For your information, the highest honor given by the St. Vincent de Paul organization of this district is called The Top Hat. The recipient of this award is one of our own St. Vincent de Paul members and fellow parishioner, Bob Curran. It is given to one who shows a selfless spirit of care for those in need. Bob is well deserved to receive this honor and we thank him for the tremendous service that he offers to this community.

I will be available for confession this week on Monday, March 12, from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 14, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,